Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


539

Shrub
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in mesic to submesic forests, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade shade ...Wet ...Moist ...Variable

LEAVES:
Deciduous/Semi-evergreen
Simple
Opposite

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Greenish
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
5-merous
5 sepals
5 petals
5 stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Red
Capsule

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Celastrales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Euonymus americanus   FAMILY Celastraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Euonymus americanus   FAMILY Celastraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 113-03-002:
Euonymus americanus   FAMILY Celastraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH (ORTHOGRAPHIC VARIANT) Synthesis of the North American Flora (Kartesz, 1999)
Euonymus americana

 

COMMON NAME:
Hearts-a-bustin', Strawberry-bush


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_euam7_001_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_euam9_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm0403d_28

March    Oconee County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District

Twigs green, slender, 4-sided, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

image of Euonymus americanus

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmeamericanus_flwrwadb

April    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

Inconspicuous flat, greenish-cream flowers, per Wild Flowers of NC, 2nd edition.

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Gill Newberry    gn05_e_americanus_flower

May        

1-3 flowers on a solitary axillary peduncle about half the leaf length, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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Gill Newberry    gn05_e_americanus_flowers

May        

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Gill Newberry    gn05_img_8364

May        

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JK Marlow    jkm0305p_09

May    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Leaves thin, lanceolate to ovate, subsessile, per Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of the Southeast.

image of Euonymus americanus

Keith Bradley    kab_e_americanus_7737

May        NC

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmeamericanus_flwrlr1b

May    Pickens County    SC

Table Rock State Park

The 1/2" flowers have five yellowish or brownish-green ovate petals, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmeamericanus_flwrlr2

May    Pickens County    SC

Table Rock State Park

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JK Marlow    jkm150712_429

July    Pickens County    SC

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_euonymus_americanus_2

August        

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Jim Fanning    jcf_heartsabustin2

September    Pickens County    SC

SC Botanical Garden

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JK Marlow    jkm060911_001

September    Greenville County    SC

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Keith Bradley    kab_e_americanus_2020

September    Polk County    NC

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Gill Newberry    gn10_e_americanus_fruits

October        

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Gill Newberry    gn10_e_fruits_close_up

October        

Fruit a warty red capsule that splits at maturity revealing orange-red seeds, per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.